"Senior Day" is celebrated during our final home match of the season. This year, it came early - against archrival sister school Sunnyside High School, which usually defeats DVHS in all athletics...except one.
Student council decorated the courts with banners honoring our seniors.
The match against the Blue Devils proved to be one of our most exciting of the year - both sides played excellent tennis, but the pumped-up Lady Jags prevailed, winning 7-2 at varsity, and 9-3 at JV.Way to go, Lady Jags!
Erna warms up in front of the banners as fans stream in.
We had our largest crowd of the season...
...including former Lady Jag teammates Amanda Villareal and Lane Santa Cruz. Amanda, whose little sister was playing at number one for the Blue Devils, graduated from the University of Arizona and is now a teacher in TUSD, and Lane graduates this year from the UA, where she is a recognized student activist and co-head of MEChA.
Before introductions, freshmen Bianca Quijada and Kyla Kemp presented bouquets to each of our wonderful seniors, including an excited Ana Valenzuela.
Here they are, our Magnificent Seven: (from left)Pricilla Rojas, Jessica Pena, Era Dubravic, Yvette Torres, Brendie Johnson, Ana Valenzuela, and Mayra Alcantara.
Next year's stars salute their mentors with enthusiastic applause.
Ana psyches the team up for their pre-match cheer...
...and the Lady Jags drown out their opposition, as they have done all year.
After winning her first singles match of the season, Brendie Johnson's smile tells it all.
One of the traditions on senior day is a "tailgate party," featuring giant sandwiches from eegee's as well as their wonderful "brain-freezers," which we shared with our opponents and our boys team, which returned home early.
Ana enjoys life, which includes her sandwich.
Esmeralda baked a magnificent "tres leches" cake. Note the peachy "07" in the center, honoring our seniors, the class of 2007.
I asked Julie and Carla if they liked the cake, but their mouths were too full to answer.
Thanks to everyone who helped make this event such a success, from Priscilla, who organized at all, to Barbara Byron (Brendie's mom), who kept everything running smoothly, and to all the Lady Jags who made this event such a success by winning their matches in convincing fashion!
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